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Trump and Kim Jong Un to meet for second summit in February

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Editor's note: This story was updated with additional information at 4:30 p.m. ET

The White House announced Friday that President Donald Trump would meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un for a second summit at the end of February. The announcement followed a visit by North Korean representative Kim Yong Chol to Washington D.C.

Here's what we know

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "The president looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date."

Kim Yong Chol reportedly met with Trump in the Oval Office following an initial meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a hotel in Washington D.C. Pompeo invited the North Korean representative and back to the White House. Sanders said that the meeting at the White House was "about an hour-and-a-half long," and promised that more specifics would be released shortly. In addition to Trump and Pompeo, other as-yet-unidentified members of the Trump administration were also in this meeting.

This would be the second summit between the two leaders, following their historic meeting in Singapore in June.

During their first summit, Trump and Kim both signed an agreement which stated:

President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

However, although Kim made an initial show of decommissioning the Sohae satellite launch facility and the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, ultimately the U.S. government concluded that Kim was not giving up his nuclear ambitions. In August, national security adviser John Bolton told PBS that he was North Korea had "not taken effective steps" to denuclearize.

In a November interview with NBC News, Vice President Mike Pence did not deny that North Korea was still building its nuclear arsenal. Earlier this week, Pence said that the U.S. was still "waiting for concrete steps" from North Korea.

Without clear evidence that any denuclearization has taken place, U.S. sanctions on North Korea have remained in effect. This has angered Kim, who on Jan. 1 warned that if the sanctions were not lifted, North Korea would be "left with no choice but to consider a new way to safeguard our sovereignty and interests."

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